In his bestseller, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, Jerry Mander argued that television is, by its very nature, a harmful technology. Trumpeter (). ISSN: In the Absence of the Sacred. Jerry Mander Elmwood Institute. Jerry Mander is the author of Four Arguments for the. Urging that we come to a fuller understanding of the perils of technology, Mander examines the sociopolitical ramifications of innovations, focusing on the.

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The book describes the history of technology from an objective point of view, the impact of modern technology teh indigenous cultures worldwide and how technology has been used as a means to extract land and other resources from indigenous people. If an Indian lives in a city or makes a living as a miner on the reservation, Mander ignores him.

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The first waves of news concerning any technical innovation are invariably positive and optimistic. Do the new technologies serve planetary destruction or stability? I have had my own experiences manser this. In the s, they discovered oil on Dene land and pretty soon all the usual culprits descended upon them: In the chapter “The Gift of Democracy,” he makes the case that the Iroquois confederation had a big influence on the authors of the American constitution.


This meant challenging the government, not pleading kn it to be kinder and gentler.

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Views Read Edit View history. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Mander goes beyond television which he proclaimed as being dangerous to personal health and sanity in Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television to critique our technological society as a whole, challenge its utopian promises, and track its devastating impact on native cultures worldwide.

Advertising and also public sacrd work. Companies go bankrupt; people lose jobs, health and life.

And that maybe the way of life that’s winning, through force, isn’t the better way. English Choose a language for shopping. To ask other readers questions about In the Absence of the Sacredplease sign up. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Archived from the original on I want to escape when I read!

Reading this section, you come to realize that these attacks on native populations are not sporadic. In fact, computers make these institutions possible.

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But the thing is how do I know he didn’t just ignore any predictions that turned out to be wrong? Nov 17, Braden Canfield rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think a stronger case could be made in jerty separate books, but oh well.

I only took off half a star sacrde, as Mander mentions at the beginning, the book really is two ideas. Although the Manders divorced inthey sscred close friends for the rest of Anica’s life. Not for lack of good content–but I already know the human race is astray and a slave to technology, lacking connection to the natural world. In my next two posts, I will be taking a very close look at the intersection of Marxism and Indians.


Their complex self- identification shows how limited Mander’s categories are.

In one sense it was a masterful work, detailing in excruciating fashion U. Jerry Mander’s “In the Absence of the Sacred”: A brutal disregard for human life and the living systems of the planet. But from what I could see he never really talks about how the respect for land and life can be applied in the modern world.

I’m sure I laughed even harder during a scene about consensus in an African tribe in “The Poisonwood Bible”, which I had read shortly after this book.

Certainly not in a society of late-stage capitalism where regulation is out the window and profit-driven corporations run the show. The Dream of the Earth: Paper diapers are probably a marvelous convenience, but where do they all go when they are used?

This does not only mean resisting the uranium mining company’s rape of sacred land, such as occurred in New Mexico.

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